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Educational Resources for Teaching Petrology

Examining chromite horizons at the Stillwater mine

This collection of internet resources is intended to help faculty in teaching or designing petrology courses. Many of the resources are lecture notes or PowerPoint presentations that are illustrated with useful diagrams, graphs and figures. There are also course syllabi, petrology projects, and on-line galleries of photomicrographs.


Suggest a URL of an internet resource for this collection. These links may not necessarily have instructional activities associated with them, but they could support teaching of igneous and metamorphic petrology. Examples may include links to government agencies, professional societies, institutions, and include images, maps, databases, tools and reports.


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Visible Earth part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides a searchable collection of NASA Earth science images, animations and data visualizations. Most images are available at multiple resolutions, with a description of the image and ...

PETDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides an interactive petrological database of the ocean floor. The ultimate goal is to provide a robust, complete reference data library for the petrology and whole earth science ...

EarthRef: Website for Physical and Chemical Earth References part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The EarthRef web site contains several online databases, downloadable modeling tools, and more. The databases include GERM (Geochemical Earth Reference Model), the EarthRef Digital Archive, the ...

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a research division of Columbia University dedicated to understanding how the planet Earth works. Included in this page are the various areas of research the ...

Earth Science World ImageBank part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This collection of over 1000 geoscience images is made available to the geoscience community and general public for the purposes of enhancing Earth education, and serving the community of science ...

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's Operational Significant Event Imagery part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This web page provides high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events. Links are available to images on the following subjects: current events, dust storms, fires, floods, ...

How volcanic eruptions cause tsunamis part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This study investigates the effect of pyroclastic flows on tsunami generation. The authors analyzed several possible mechanisms that occur when the particle rich flows encounter water and conclude ...

From ODP to CPR; using Ocean Drilling Program data in calibrated peer review assignments part of SERC Print Resource Collection
In the past two decades an enormous amount of data has been accumulated by the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). Much of ODP's data are accessible on ODP's webpage (http://www-odp.tamu.edu), including ...

Geology and America's National Park Areas part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book serves as an introduction to the geology of National Parks and park systems in the United States. An array of photographs, maps, stratigraphic columns, charts, illustrations, and graphs are ...


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